Joey Bada$$ Disses XXL Over Story Title Referencing Jay Z & Nas

Joey Bada$$ says Capital STEEZ is the artist who influenced him the most, talks new album.

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ recently took issue with a XXLmag.com news story previously titled "Joey Bad$$ Wants To Channel The Energy Of Nas, Jay-Z And Big L On New Album," and expressed his frustration via Twitter today (April 21).

XXLmag.com caught up with the rapper last week at the WAT-AAH! pop-up concert to speak with him about his upcoming debut album, B4.DA.$$ (Before The Money), for an interview that would later be criticized by Joey.


During Joey’s conversation with XXLmag.com, he revealed that he’s recorded in the same booth as rappers like Nas and Jay Z and could feel the energy in the room.

“Just going to the studio, being in the same booth that like Nas spit Illmatic, Jay spit Reasonable Doubt, Big L spit Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, all that. It was just amazing and I felt all of that energy just being in that room so I know that whatever I was spitting had to be fire,” Joey said.

With Joey’s distress over XXLmag.com’s initial title and the use of his quote, the publication has since changed the title of its article on the New York City wordsmith to “Joey Bada$$ Recorded His New Album In The Same Studio As Nas, Jay Z And Big L.”

In addition to speaking on his upcoming album, Joey also spoke with XXLmag.com about the late Capital STEEZ, an artist he says has influenced him the most.

“My brother STEEZ, rest in peace, he influenced me the most because I actually grew up with this man, you know?” he said. “Like we were together every day. You know like this is my ace, my right hand man.”

Joey Bada$$’ debut album is currently scheduled for release this fall and according to the Pro Era rapper, the album will consist of “pure greatness.”

"Definitely a few surprises," he said, during an interview Topman magazine published this month. "But you can just expect pure greatness, you know, I’m really putting my all into this."

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17 Comments

  • Come On

    You haters hating on Joey saying he's wack and stuck in the 90's?STFU go listen to your French Montana and Rick Ross,, and leave the real hip hop to us real headz.

    • mapos

      If anything, Joey's just as bad as those other rappers you mentioned. He pigeonholed himself into that shit, like how French Montana & Rick Ross & the other rappers like them pigeonholed themselves. Just because Joey doesn't rap the same things that they do doesn't mean he isn't exempt

    • D.G

      Co-Sign All Day! Most of the headz on here hating don't even know anything about Joey and the Pro era Crew. And those who are talking about the 90's sound got it twisted, its just that they are not used to the gritty, boom-bap sound of true school hip-hop

  • Anonymous

    keep irrelevant joey, if you stay in that line you would be missing in two years.

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  • cms

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  • Anonymous

    Joey badass as is Garbage nigga, nigga thinks his a 90's nigga fucking overrated fuck you're stupid fans hype him up like his great his not.

  • Chewy

    Yo this lil guy is a bad ass

  • Anonymous

    Wow Nas takes ANOTHER L. These new rappers don't even want the fans to think Nas influenced them. Just days after Boldy James denies signing to Nas new Mass Appeal imprint label.

    • Anonymous

      naw, just some fruitball looking for attention

    • Anonymous

      I'm really starting to think that these dudes are secret fans of Nas. I don't think there would be any other reason to come on every article that mentions Nas just to talk shit about him. "Some say hating is confused admiration"

    • Anonymous

      sorry but im not fat and i have 2 eyes

    • Anonymous

      thats fat ass byron crawford. dude can't read

    • obama

      I hate it when niggas comment and don't even read the damn article. Just going to the studio, being in the same booth that like Nas spit Illmatic, Jay spit Reasonable Doubt, Big L spit Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, all that. It was just amazing and I felt all of that energy just being in that room so I know that whatever I was spitting had to be fire, Joey said.

  • Riley

    yo this a good article I fucks with this. I been checkin for Joey Bada$$ all day. This that shit.

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